I hope everyone is staying safe during these times. Desert of my Eye wants you to know we are here and we love you all!
Last week I caught up with Bilbao for the release fo their latest single, "Cuarentayseis", which is now available on all streaming platforms. In a quick exchange with Aaron, front man of Bilbao, I asked the following questions:
D.O.M.E: How has quarantine been?
Aaron: We have been busy and with a lot of work since the release of this new single including programming the behind-the-scenes material for this single. We also did a live session during quarantine.
D.O.M.E: What do you guys do to pass time?
Aaron: Outside of everything relating to music, composing, and new discovering music, we like playing Fifa. Ha-ha.
D.O.M.E: You mentioned that you have a new single, what is it about?
Aaron: It's called "Cuarentayseis" and the public has loved it so far. It was well received and it already has a lot of reproductions. I think it's due to the fact that this song is nostalgic and introspective. It's also relatable.
D.O.M.E: How would you describe the song?
Aaron: It's a sad song. I wrote this after a hard time in my life. I had an emotional load that marked me. Even though it is sad song, ironically, it lends itself to dance.
D.O.M.E: If you could describe Bilbao with one word, what would it be?
Aaron: Family, without a doubt.
A big thank you to Bilbao! Please check out their latest single!
Last week I had the honor of doing a phone interview with Pedro-Juan Vasquez Bagan a.k.a. PJ Sin Suela! He is a popular Puerto Rican artist whose music has been compared to "an up-coming Residente".
PJ's music is filled with infectious rhythms that have you hooked from the moment they start and it's done none other than this doctor turned musician. After asking why he chose to leave his medical profession behind, he told me that it felt right to him and he could feel the support from his community. That's really a gutsy move! I believe this is one of those pure examples of "chasing your dreams".
As a segue to Pedro's career change, we discussed his artist name, "PJ Sin Suela". Pedro mentioned that PJ comes from Pedro-Juan but "sin suela" which translates to "without sole" comes from the fact that he in a way wants to leave his own kind of footprint on the world. Pedro was so thoughtful in every answer he gave.
We then talked about his latest single, "Loco Loquito", which features the world-famous Jorge Drexler. Pedro talked about how Jorge Drexler is his favorite artist, so being able to do this song with him was an honor. The theme of the song, as Pedro described, "deals with two people who are REALLY happy together and really want to know each other some more. It portrays it in a realistic manner and unlike a Disney movie."
I asked Pedro who his favorite artists were and he mentioned names like Ana Tijoux, Residente, and Culture Profetica. He added that his over all inspiration comes from other places like sports, movies, and even his dad.
As to Pedro's musical process, he mentioned that he loves writing a lot of poetry. He said that usually the music comes first, then the lyrics and then he plays with the whole composition. It was really interesting to listen to Pedro's discussion on his process. It's really inspiring and enlightening especially in times like these.
Stay safe everyone! And check our his music!
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